‘Basketball Wives’ was once one of VH1’s highest rated programs, easily netting 1-2 million viewers per episode at the height of its popularity.
And though season 8 (which aired over 2019) saw the Shaunie O’Neal-produced show score some of its lowest ratings in its history, the season was still able to secure average viewership of at least 1 million.
Thanks to the hype that preceded the show’s season 9 kick off (February 9), many predicted the return of Malaysia Pargo, Evelyn Lozada, Jackie Christie, Jennifer Williams, Kristen Scott, Ogom “OG” Chijindu, and Feby Torres to screens would be a slam dunk on the ratings front.
Premiere figures reveal, however, the year that passed since the last time fans caught new episodes of ‘Basketball Wives’ may have worked to its detriment.
See what we mean inside:
Viewership = 537,000
With a Tuesday (February 9) premiere that took it head-to-head with extensive coverage of the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, ‘Basketball Wives’ took a rating loss by luring in only 537,000 viewers – putting it in 41st place among the day’s 150 most watched programs.
Among non-news, sports, or special TV programming, ‘Wives’ landed in 8th place with all ratings factors considered. For its viewership hour, it also landed in 8th place among the time slot’s most viewed programs.
See the full TV ratings chart below:
The season 9 premiere ranks as the lowest premiere ratings drawn by the series to date. See how it stacks up to its predecessors below.
‘Basketball Wives’ Season Premiere Viewership
Season 1: 1.58 million
Season 2: 1.41 million
Season 3: 1.82 million
Season 4: 2.50 million
Season 5: 2.39 million
Season 6: 2.61 million
Season 7: 1.87 million
Season 8: 970,000
Season 9: 537,000